Number 847 - 17th September 2016


International Magic Social Day: November 20th in Chiswick, London. International Magic is holding another 'Social Day' this year. A day of lectures, interviews, panel discussions and a chance for a get-together and some sessioning, and to catch-up with magic friends before the hectic Christmas season kicks in. Noel Britten, previous International Magic Convention co-organiser writes: Having still not been able to find a suitable venue for a full Convention as we normally hold at this time of year, we are repeating the highly successful format of last year's shindig. Running from 2pm to 10pm gives time for a varied bill of events from many of magic's top names, and also a chance for a chat and a meet up with other magicians in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The day has already been offered to our customers on our Convention database but we have a very limited number of extra tickets still available for the full day. The function room of this popular pub in Chiswick hosts a regular comedy club and corporate events, so is an ideal location for the blend of talks, discussions and interviews that will make up the day, whilst the pub proper offers excellent food throughout the day... get there early and have a great Sunday Roast before the magic begins. Tickets are only £10 per person. If you are interested in attending the event please contact me at to have your name added to the attendees. 17.9.16


Blackpool Magicians' Club are pleased to announce more great artists for the 2017 convention, and write: Magic legend Finn Jon is finally available so will make a long overdue return. The world’s greatest living bar magician Doc Eason will be tipping the secrets of a lifetime's incredible magic. And award-winning magician Vlad will be on hand in the gala shows presenting incredible sleight of foot (photo!). We are also featuring extra events for children’s entertainers, and are pleased to announce a new lecture from award-winning children's entertainer Steve Doe. For updates and to book visit 17.9.16


The MagicWeek Video Archive. This week, the brilliance of Steve Martin as 'The Great Flydini', and, as himself, in an appearance on Jonathan Ross's The Last Resort that went out on 9th October, 1987. At the start of his career Steve Martin worked part-time in Disneyland, California, selling guidebooks on weekends and spending free time in the magic shop. Later on he worked in the magic shop in Fantasyland, as a demonstrator. See: The MagicWeek Video Archive. To catch up with past weeks and the occasional 'bonus' video Click Here, and please feel free to share favourite MagicWeek Video Archive clips via your social media. DT. 17.9.16


Pete Firman Trix - three-month tour starts Wednesday. Star of BBC1’s The Magicians - expect Pete’s trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic... it’s a show not to be missed! "The man from Middlesbrough sets the pace for comedy-meets-magic in the 21st century" The Times. "The new poster-boy for British comedy magic" The Telegraph. Tickets and dates:

"Star of The Magicians brings new stage show to Cumbria" Click Here.

"Pete Firman, comedian and magician, coming to Taunton Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre" Click Here. 17.9.16


World renowned magician Shoot Ogawa will tour the UK in July 2017. Shoot Ogawa, four-time Magic Castle Magician of the Year awardee, is back with a new lecture for 2017. Fans all over the world have been inspired and captivated by his skill and creativity; for this new lecture he will be sharing stories, routines, and effects that he has been working on over the last five years. Shoot also teaches from 3 new DVDs created just for this lecture and uses these new tricks to emphasise a deeper understanding of his personal magic: how he creates tricks; how to be more skillful as a performer; creating the desired “magical feeling” with any trick; what he thinks is a “good magician”, and how to control the power of magic. Shoot’s lecture covers: Time Line, Miming, Misdirection, Framing, Skill Level, Training, Organisation and of course, lots of amazing magic! For full lecture info and to book contact Steve Gore: 17.9.16


Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone In Concert with Full Live Orchestra. The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. Audiences will now be able to relive the magic of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing a full live orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Be swept away in this sparkling display of live music and film and follow the adventures of Harry and his friends once more. Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Monday, 15th May 2017 17.9.16


Alain Iannone (Italy), UK lecture tour (2016) now booking: Alain writes: Dear friends, magicians, It is with great pleasure that I announce my 2016 table hopping and restaurant magic lecture tour in United Kingdom. This lecture brings together all my magic creations, my thoughts and my ideas from twenty years of experience in the world of show business. There is practical and technical advice and theoretical data from performing for the public and at magic conventions. For example: Practical, basic advice on how to move between the tables at a function effectively. How to amaze your audience in improvised situations. Making yourself and your magic emotionally memorable. During the lecture I will show and explain effects that can be used in "real life" situations, covering not just the effects but the artistic performance of them. I am organising a lecture tour in 2016 for magic clubs. For information about me you can see my website and also contact me directly via email 17.9.16


Jim Krenz lecture tour (2017) now booking. Jim has been interested in magic since the age of five. Fifteen of those years were spent working for Jay and Francis Marshall at Magic Inc. He regularly performed close-up at Schulien’s Restaurant in Chicago. In 1993, he won the Most Valuable Participant award at the prestigious FFFF convention. He has created over three dozen original effects and techniques, and has lectured about them in nine countries. Jim has studied with Ed Marlo, Jim Ryan, Tony Andruzzi, Don Alan, Eugene Burger, Slydini, Tommy Wonder and Juan Tamariz. His lecture contains his original ideas, theories, routines and improvements in close-up magic.


"When I was a child I was fascinated with the magical emotion that I felt upon watching magicians. I could not comprehend anything—what I would see was impossible; now I love to feel this emotion. It does not occur very often. Normally, I can see behind the curtain—I see the 'hidden' secrets and the mechanics. But from time to time a magician performs a trick, or several tricks that seem impossible—and the magical emotion returns. This happens to me with Jim Krenz (how wonderful!). For this, thank you Jim!" Juan Tamariz.


Tour organiser Steve Gore writes: "I have been emailed several times by Juan Tamariz, saying 'You must arrange a tour for my friend Jim Krenz, he is incredible' - so I had best do as I am told! Jim is touring the UK in November 2017 and would love to lecture for you. Contact me with your preferred date asap! 17.9.16


Chris Rawlins International Magic Lecture on Mentalism. Tuesday 27th September, at 7.30pm. Martin MacMillan writes: We have an excellent lecture set for 27th September and are delighted to welcome the exciting young mentalist Chris Rawlins. Chris is a 26 year old professional performer from the North West. To date, his published work has received notable endorsements from the likes of Luke Jermay, Marc Salem, Marc Paul, Bob Cassidy and many others within the magic industry. Chris toured throughout the UK in 2015 with Luke Jermay and continues to explore and perform his unique area of performance around the world. At this International Magic Lecture Chris will be sharing original routines, approaches and devices for modern Mentalist. His structured lecture, features the following routines:
• How to locate a 'lost' credit card and then reveal numbers from the card that you have never seen or touched.
• A drawing duplication (suitable for stage performance).
• A demonstration in unspoken communication - using two spectators and playing cards.
• An interesting and new way to reveal a name thought of by an audience member.
• A simple chair test.
All are performed and fully explained. Make sure you book your place early! Best wishes, Martin
Admission £15 per person - pay on the door, but reserve in advance, email: (Venue: London, EC1R 5DL).


New Audio Files from Mark Leveridge Magic. Last month MLM released a batch of 6 Audio Files which contained the sound tracks from a video presentation called Mark's Monthly Message, which is delivered in the middle of each month to members of MLM's online club, E-Club Pro. Now a second selection of 6 further Audio Files from the same source has been released, with each file containing great advice on a number of different topics to do with the practicalities of working close-up commercially. The titles are: Approaching A Table, Deciding How Long To Perform For, Expecting The Unexpected, Getting Great Table Reactions, Using Patter Lines Sensitively and Working Close Up Outside. Each downloadable mp3 file lasts between 6 and 12 minutes and is full of practical real world advice which Mark has drawn from his 35 years as a full time pro. Although available individually at a very reasonable price, there is also a 56 minute Compilation Audio File containing all six titles at an even better rate. For more information and details see 17.9.16


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Trentham Guest House, Blackpool. The Trentham Guest House is a small family run business and enjoys a central location on Albert Road, just a two minute walk from the Blackpool Magicians Convention at the Winter Gardens. Facilities: CD player, TV, DVD player, Freeview, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and to book. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016. 17.9.16


101 Bets You Will Always Win. Richard Wiseman has a new book out, describing 101 bets that you will always win, and the science behind them. The book is based on his YouTube Channel - which has now had over half a billion views - and contains lots of amazing stunts, bets, tricks and illusions. The book even has a secret bet built into it! "The publishers have done a great job with the book - it’s hardback, gold embossed and over 200 illustrations" said Richard. "The bets you will always win: Scientist reveals 10 simple party tricks that will baffle your friends" Click Here. 17.9.16


Magicians at the Half Moon, 30th September. Andy Clockwise writes:  It was almost a case of standing room only at last month's "Magicians at the Half Moon" and with such a cracking line-up for this month, it's going to be another packed house as show producer and compere Martin Cox has 3 (yes, trois!) of France's finest Magicians performing on the bill: Jerome Bourgeon, Yves Carbonnier and Bébel. If you have never heard of them, do yourself a favour and Google them now! Then call Martin on 01279 659562 and reserve your seat for Friday 30th September. As per usual, doors open at 7.30pm and the fun kicks off at 8pm at the Half Moon, 31 North Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2LD (Map). More information at Ne manquez pas cette! 17.9.16


UK Family Entertainer of the Year 2017. Blackpool Magicians' Club is searching for The United Kingdom Family Entertainer of the Year 2017. From the organisers: For the first time ever the doors are open to anyone on a truly nationwide event. Blackpool Magicians’ Club is working closely with representatives throughout the UK hosting 7 regional heats where the winners will be invited to appear in the live final at the world famous Blackpool Magic Convention. All applicants must send a promotional video along with which heat they would like to be considered for, to the relevant organiser. 7 successful applicants will then be invited to the regional heats. Final locations and times of each heat are currently being confirmed. Good luck in entering and we await crowning the winner in February 2017. See to contact your area's host and apply. 17.9.16


The French Workshop: Jerome Bourgeon, Yves Carbonnier and Bébel, Workshop - Bristol. On Saturday 1st October from 1pm to 5pm, Martin Cox will be hosting three very special workshops by the trio; Jerome Bourgeon, Yves Carbonnier (photo) and Bébel. Each will be teaching a very small number of attendees at the Smoke and Mirrors Bar, 8 Denmark Street, Bristol BS1 5DQ (Map). The cost to attend is £65 but if you book before 24th September you'll get in for the reduced rate of just £45 which is a crazy price. Jerome will be teaching coin techniques, Yves will be teaching card control and Bébel will be detailing his own card techniques and concepts. If you are interested in attending, and would like to reserve a place, please contact Martin Cox ASAP. 17.9.16


John Styles – An Evening with Mr Entertainment. Roy Marsh writes: Introduced to a world of puppets and magic at 15 years of age, to kneeling before the Queen after a lifetime of entertaining the world – the wonderful story of one of Britain's most successful performers. You'll hear it all – John Styles' amazing lifetime of wonder and wizardry – from Roger Moore to Whitney Houston. Bexley Magic Society will be hosting John on Wednesday, 21st September. Bexley Club for the Disabled, Barton Close, Bexleyheath DA6 8JP (Map). Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Visitors £10 on the door. 17.9.16


Word Tricks and Spelling Magic - the new book from Chris Wardle. Chris Wardle's new book has just been released and is now available via Amazon. This is a collection of over 60 word-based effects, comprising tricks, puzzles and even mind-reading. Just follow the instructions and the book appears to know what you are thinking! It is the follow-up to his highly regarded 'Maths Tricks and Number Magic'. Although aimed at the general market, magicians will enjoy this useful collection of varied word-based principles gathered together in one volume. Use these baffling tricks over the phone, in an email or text, in your publicity material or on the radio, as well as in more obvious performing situations. They have many uses for the creative performer. Chris is an member of The Inner Magic Circle and has contributed to numerous magic magazines. He has a regular column in 'The Magic Circular', the house magazine of The Magic Circle. 17.9.16


A Bit of Magic with Stu & Friends, Nottingham Arts Theatre, Saturday 12th November at 3pm and 8pm. "Bringing a smorgasbord of colourful cabaret acts to the Nottingham Comedy Festival, comedy magician Stu Turner hosts a brilliant bill packed full of talent. Join us for laughs, tricks, burlesque, sketches, impressions and more! Blending comedy and magic with absolute nonsense, Stu’s offbeat act is sometimes silly, sometimes surreal... but always baffling and highly entertaining! Combining one-liners, visual gags, and very clever magic, he also uses audience participation to create a unique and very enjoyable show. With an afternoon matinee more family friendly, aimed at an audience of 12+, and the evening show aimed at 16+, you’ll laugh, gasp, and be amazed, at this fabulous feast of entertainment. Tickets from: 17.9.16


Johnny Fantastica appeared at the 30th World Deaf Magic Convention in Lithuania earlier this month. Johnny won the World Deaf Magic Merlin Stage Championship with his Newspaper Prediction; his own idea that is not available elsewhere. Johnny is now taking bookings for his act. For details email 17.9.16


The Anglian Magic Society are holding a fun quiz night hosted by Steve Majes this Tuesday, 20th September at 7.30pm at The White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST (Map). The quiz is all about the fun side of magic and borrows formats from popular quiz shows and games, mashed together for an interactive and evening of fun. You may know the answers, they may catch you out, you may even learn something... and working with your team you may even win! If you are a visitor and would like to come along a percentage of your visitor's door fee can act as part payment towards full membership. For more details about the quiz night, and membership, see: 17.9.16


Forth Valley Magic Circle's new session starts on Monday 19th September with a night dedicated to "Colours". Forth Valley write: Magicians interested in joining the club are most welcome - contact the secretary beforehand. We are also pleased to announce our first two lectures of the new session: On Thursday 6th October, Fritz Alkemade will present his "Let's Go Dutch" lecture for the last time ever. If you've never seen Fritz before, or even if you have, this will be a great night. Fritz is a great performer in constant demand and a brilliant creator. This lecture is at 7.30pm at the Birds and Bees in Stirling. £10 entry for visiting magicians. On Monday 14th November we host Scotland's very own Roddy McGhie. Another brilliant creative magical mind, Roddy has released several effects including the recent hit "Little Door". This lecture will also start at 7.30pm, and is at our usual venue of the Station Hotel in Larbert. £10 entry for visiting magicians. For more information on Forth Valley Magic Circle, please email Ian Black or visit our website 17.9.16


Barbara McNaughton. Steve Cook writes: I am very sad to report the death of my friend, Barbara McNaughton, the partner of my magical hero, the late, Ken Brooke. Barbara often reminded me of Ken: she could be outspoken, controversial sometimes, and saw everything in black and white. Her self-deprecating Irish wit was always at the fore. I visited her a few times at her home in Hove, and with a glass of wine (or three!) we reminisced about the 'golden times', and about some of the wonderful characters around in the 'Soho days'. Barbara was a massive help to me when I compiled the book on Ken, and some of her revelations about those times in Soho were eye-openingly incredible! I would phone her almost weekly for an 'update on life'. I truly admired Barbara for the devotion and care she showed Ken in his final days. I send my sincere condolences to her sister, Jenny, and to Barbara's family and friends throughout the world. RIP. 17.9.16


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